|Biomedical Science Ambassador Award||Dr. Chris Brandl|
|Dr. Chris Brandl, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University, and 2013 PIRNA winner of the Biomedical Science Ambassador Award, emphasizes the importance of science outreach programs for youth:
“Nowadays students are exposed to the possibilities of a number of different careers. Few are as exciting or have the impact of research science, yet opportunities for young people to get involved are limited. Outreach programs provide these opportunities, and are thus a very important component towards ensuring the next generation of scientists.”
|Science Ambassador Award||Dr. John Smol|
|Dr. John Smol, Professor, Department of Biology at Queen’s University and winner of the Science Ambassador Award says, “To a large extent, the public pays for the science we do. As scientists we often hear from our colleagues that the public does not care about what we do. I believe most citizens do care and are very interested in science, but the onus is on us to get these messages across. For a democracy to function effectively, we need an informed and an engaged public, and scientists can help bring this about.”|
|Technology Ambassador Award||Dr. Ron Deibert|
|Ron Deibert (PhD, University of British Columbia) is a Professor at the Munk School of Global Affairs and in the Department of Political Science, and Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. The Citizen Lab is an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security, and human rights. He is a co-founder and a principal investigator of the OpenNet Initiative andInformation Warfare Monitor (2003-2012) projects.
Deibert was one of the founders and (former) VP of global policy and outreach for Psiphon Inc.
|Mathematics Ambassador Award||Dr. Peter Taylor|
|My main interest is in the relationship between inclusive-fitness models and other standard measures of trait (allele) fitness, for example, invasion fitness and fixation probability. Principal collaborators are Corina Tarnita (Princeton), Alan Grafen (Oxford) and Danny Krupp (One Earth Future).
Game Theory:My long-time interest in evolutionary game theory has morphed into a fascination in how humans behave and I feel that the time has come for a much more mainstream evolutionary point of view. To begin this quest in a simple way I am looking at interactive games such as prisoner’s dilemma and the ultimatum game. At one time this was the domain of economists and psychologists, and the biologists looked after the animals. But now both sides are interested in both sides. It needs to be said that humans add a significant new flavour to the these contests, and here I am not thinking of rationality, but rather something akin to what is called “fairness.” My principal collaborators are Andrew McEachern (Queen’s) and Danny Krupp (One Earth Future).
|Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award||Dr. James A. Low|
|The Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award recognizes a member of the community who has provided outstanding leadership over several years in support of health research. Last year, Dr. James A. Low, Professor Emeritus at Queen’s University, was honoured with The Ronald G. Calhoun Science Ambassador Award.
For Dr. Low, receiving this award served to recognize that his work at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston and its mission to enhance public understanding of the history and science of health and health care is worthwhile. He shares his perspective on why science outreach efforts are so important:“Governments and society, through foundations and individuals, have made a vast financial investment in health and health care research. Accountability requires public understanding of what has been achieved. […] Science outreach efforts are important to assure society that the research undertaken has led to new knowledge that in time may be translated into patient care for the benefit of society.”
|Partners In Research (VROC) Participation Award||Dr. Thomas Merritt|
|Dr. Thomas Merritt, Canada Research Chair in Genomics and Bioinformatics, Laurentian University, expresses his reasons for his science outreach effort:
“I’ll give you three reasons [why science outreach efforts are so important]. One, its our responsibility as scientists. My research is supported by public money, I owe it to the public to explain to them how and why I’m spending that money.
Two, outreach is about generating excitement in young people and creating the next generation of scientists and engineers — and voters. The more students understand science and engineering, the more excited they’ll be and the better supporters of science in our society.
Three, outreach keeps me excited about what I’m doing. […] I always walk away from the conversations energized and excited about what we’re doing.”